LEAD lowers family fares, routes reach Dayton mall

Dayton, OH – On April 19, 2010, the Director of the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA), Mark Donaghy, committed to presenting a plan to the RTA Board for the allocation of capital funds necessary to build and maintain new bus stops at the Dayton Mall. These stops would be within a reasonable and safe distance of mall entrances and provide shelter for riders. By November 2010, Mr. Donaghy followed through on these commitments and Glimcher Realty worked with the Greater Dayton RTA to make this a reality. Mr. Donaghy also developed a family 12-pass program which went into effect September 1, 2010, saving families 40% on cost when riding city buses.

Warrick County gains access to public transport

Evansville, IN – CAJE worked to address the issues of joblessness and public transportation for three years.

At the time CAJE was addressing this issue there were 9,000 unemployed people in Vanderburgh County, who were looking for work but did not have reliable transportation. The clear solution was to connect these people with the over 200 employers in the Hwy 41 North Corridor. A bus route up Hwy 41 North was a clear solution.

After being met with three years of criticism and excuses from the Vanderburgh County Council the issue finally saw improvement as county council members agreed to fund the route in front of 1,200 people at the CAJE Nehemiah Action.

Since this time the Hwy 41 route sees over 23,000 riders per year. These riders now have improved access to jobs and social services.

This route was ranked priority in an external community study of what routes should be expanded. A coalition of community groups has been put together, including CAJE, to figure out how to extend the route to the Toyota plant.

Making transportation accessible for seniors

Pinellas County, FL – In 2006, due to the work of FAST, Brian Smith, Director of the Metropolitan Planning Organization, agreed to create a new one-number system for senior transportation. This new system, unveiled in March 2006, works with the Area Agency for Aging and allows seniors to speak directly to a trained professional who can help them with their transportation needs. This system benefits over 20,500 seniors in Pinellas County who cannot drive.